A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) is a report issued under Section 35 of the Building Act 2004. It summarises information Council has on record about a property that may have an effect on the building project you are undertaking. This includes checking compliance of the project with the relevant Resource Management Plan rules. It will identify if a resource consent is needed, and may include information and requirements for services connections and disconnections. The PIM may also include reference to technical information that needs to be provided with the building consent application.
Although a PIM can be applied for at the same time as a building consent; it is better to obtain a PIM before seeking a building consent. This ensures you know all the matters that may have an effect on your project. You do not have to have a PIM before applying for a building consent, but it can save time when you get to the building consent process. PIMs are not compulsory but we recommend that you apply for one for all dwellings, commercial projects and other significant projects. A discount on the building consent fees may apply if a PIM is obtained.
A LIM (Land Information Memorandum) relates primarily to land and property. It is a good idea to obtain one before you buy a property.
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